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An applicant for U.S. citizenship holds an American flag during a naturalization ceremony at the Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. From October 2015 through June 2016, 718,000 legal permanent residents applied for citizenship, up 8 percent compared to the same period leading up to the 2012 presidential election, according to federal data. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg A naturalization ceremony in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo: David Paul Morris/BB)

A health insurer group wants the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to keep legal use of public health insurance programs out of immigration eligibility decisions.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has filed a comment letter asking the department to continue to exclude use of those programs when deciding whether legal immigrants are likely to become “public charges,” or people who rely on government welfare programs to survive.

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